WHAT’S NEWS IN THE FIELD
In this section current issues of importance to pupil services and special education administrators will be reviewed. These items will be replaced after a few months with other developing topics. Any comments may be attributed to the Executive Director and do not reflect an official position of the organization.
Bruno to Helm NAPSA (January 6, 2017)
Dr. Frank M. Bruno, Pupil Services Director for the William Penn School District in Delaware County, has taken office as the 2017 President of NAPSA. Frank is a past-president of PAPSA and serves on its current Board of Directors. His presidency at NAPSA should further strengthen the ties between our state and national organizations. Dr. Bruno is the eighth Pennsylvanian to hold the office of President in NAPSA.
Beth Bahn to Retire (November 17, 2016)
Beth Ann Bahn, a familiar name to Pupil Services administrators, who has guided the PA Department of Health’s Division of School Health Services for many years, has announced her retirement as of December 31, 2016. Beth has been a featured speaker at PAPSA conferences and has worked closely with the association on health-related issues. It is uncertain when or if her position will be filled.
New U.S. Secretary of Education (February 22, 2017)
The question of, “Who will be the next U.S. Secretary of Education?” Ahas been answered.Betsy DeVos is a noted activist, favoring school choice, vouchers and the common core curriculum. A non-educator with degrees in Business Administration and Political Science from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, DeVos is a billionaire through her marriage to the heir to the Amway fortune. As Chair of the Alliance for School Choice and the Michigan Republican Party, DeVos has pushed an agenda to strip funding from public schools in favor of charter and private education. The NEA has issued a statement that she has, “Done more to undermine public education than support students.”
Executive Director Selected (June 8, 2016)
Dr. Douglas Arnold has been selected as the Executive Director Elect for PAPSA. He will serve a one-year internship with current Executive Director Bob Cormany before taking over on July 1, 2017. Doug has been a Past-President of both PAPSA and NAPSA. He previously served as Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Services in the East Stroudsburg Area School District and retired as Superintendent of the Pleasant Valley School District in Monroe County. Doug was interviewed at the April 2016 Conference in Lancaster and his appointment was finalized at the Board’s June 23rd meeting.